About Awbury Arboretum

Urban Location, Natural Landscape, Historic Setting

Tucked away in the historic Germantown neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia, Awbury Arboretum is a vibrant landscape with a rich history.  Once the private enclave of an extended Quaker family, Awbury Arboretum has been open to the public free of charge as a public park and arboretum for nearly 100 years. Its 55-acre historic landscape now stands as a green oasis in a densely-populated urban environment.

Nature, history, and community intersect at Awbury, and the Awbury Arboretum Association is committed to stewarding the relationships between these three pillars of our mission, and continuing to tell and write its story.

Please take some time to explore the Arboretum online, and then come experience it in person. We know you’ll be glad you did.

 

What is an Arboretum?

An arboretum is a type of botanical garden dedicated to the collection and study of “woody” plants (trees and shrubs).  We like to tell the children who visit for our educational programs to think of an arboretum as a “zoo for trees.”

To be more specific, an arboretum is a place that has intentionally preserved specific trees and shrubs for educational and scientific purposes.  At Awbury Arboretum, visitors are welcome to view and study the specimens in our plant collection at any time during open hours, free of charge.  Awbury also provides educational classes and events for all ages with a mission to connect our community to the Arboretum’s landscape – including its historic plant collections.

No two arboreta are alike, and they vary significantly based on climate, history, individual missions, and many other factors.  We invite you to visit Awbury and experience how we interpret our mission as a botanical garden, natural collection, historic landscape, and public green space.

Awbury Arboretum Map and Self-guided Walking Tour:

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Map of Awbury Arboretum

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Walking Tour of Awbury Arboretum

Arboretum Features:

Awbury Arboretum is a many-faceted landscape.  Click on the links below or the menu on the left for more information about specific Arboretum features.